March 3, 2021



Seattle fintech startup Secure, which helps enable emergency savings accounts, raises $ 3.5M

Secure co-founders Devin Miller (left) and Bassam Saliba. (Secure Photos)

Investors are betting on Secure, a new Seattle-area startup riding a trend of increased interest in emergency savings accounts amid the pandemic.

The company raised a $ 3.5 million seed round led by SeaChange Fund; other investors include PSL Ventures, IA Ventures, and Bloom Capital.

Secure just spun out of Pioneer Square Labs late last year with its app that helps employers offer a financial wellness benefit to workers beyond their paycheck in the form of an emergency savings account (ESA).

Around 40% of Americans struggle to come up with $ 400 for an unexpected expense, according to a 2019 survey from the Federal Reserve. That was well before the pandemic forced a nationwide economic crisis.

Secure CEO Devin Miller said there is momentum in this fintech sector as more companies are rolling out programs that let employees save a portion of their paycheck automatically.

Miller previously led Balance Financial, a Seattle-area startup acquired by Blucora’s TaxAct subsidiary in 2013. He later joined Guidant Financial as executive vice president and later president.

Miller co-founded Secure with Bassam saliba, another longtime entrepreneur who sold Avado to WebMD in 2013 and was a board member / acting CTO at Balance Financial alongside Miller.

The startup has 12 employees and is launching with its first customers this month.